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April 14, 2009

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About Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and National Voice Actor. His vast voice over credits, include hosting several radio programs including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Love Train, It’s The Gospel in Tampa, The Freddie Bell Morning Show in radio on KSGS – 950AM, Solid Gold Soul in Minneapolis, plus This is Music, The Freddie Bell Countdown Show and The Minneapolis NAACP Community Affairs television Programs in Minneapolis.
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A founding member of the famed Philly doo-wop group, the Delfonics, has died.

Randy Cain, who sang on such hits as “La La Means I Love You,” and “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” died Thursday at the age of 63.

As of EUR’s press time, no cause of death was released for Cain, who formed the Delfonics with brothers William and Wilbert Hart while attending Overbrook High in the 1960s.

Cain left the group in ’71 and was replaced by Major Harris. However he came back into the fold sometime in the 80s.

Cain returned for a later incarnation of the group, and for the past several months Cain had been again performing in the Delfonics with William Hart, the group’s lead singer and songwriter and the sole owner of the name of the group.

The reunion was somewhat surprising. In 2002 and 2005, Cain and Wilbert Hart filed and won civil suits against William Hart and against Arista Records/Sony BMG for back royalties.

“I’m gonna miss him. We grew up together since 1968,” Wilbert said of Cain, whom he last saw four or five months ago.


President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

Reports indicate that President Obama approved force by the Navy to facilitate the rescue of a US ship captain who was being held by Somali pirates with an AK-47 pointed at him continuously, making him to appear to be constantly at risk. When it was all over, Navy snipers had taken out 3 pirates.

The Associated Press reports that the Defense Department twice asked Obama for permission to use military force to rescue Capt. Richard Phillips from a lifeboat off the Somali coast. Obama first gave permission around 8 p.m. Friday, and upgraded it at 9:20 a.m. Saturday. Officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations said the second order was to encompass more military personnel and equipment that arrived in the Indian Ocean to engage the pirates.

Somali pirates last week boarded the Maersk Alabama off the Horn of Africa. The crew fought back, but Phillips surrendered himself to safeguard his men. Navy ships soon were on their way to the area.

White House officials on Sunday said Obama received regular updates by phone and in person at the White House — including 11 memos — and during his daily intelligence briefings with senior officials. The National Security Council last updated the president on a contingency plan for Phillips at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a timeline of events released Sunday afternoon by the White House.

Reuters is reporting that Somali pirates are not pleased at all with how things turned out for them and were quick to vow revenge on the US as well the French because of their military assault to rescue a yacht on Friday.

“The French and the Americans will regret starting this killing. We do not kill, but take only ransom. We shall do something to anyone we see as French or American from now,” Hussein, a pirate, told Reuters by satellite phone.


Do Diddly Obama

Do Diddly Obama

Finally, the Obama girls have their pooch. Word broke Friday that a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog was en route to the White House. By Saturday morning, a leaked photo of the pup, with a lei around its neck, was all over the Internet.

By Saturday night, the whole backstory had come out on and the Washington Post’s website before the official White House announcement that was supposed to take place tomorrow.

Between both websites, it was reported that the puppy’s transfer from a kennel in Texas was facilitated by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who owns several Portuguese water dogs himself. The dog, whose original name was reportedly Charlie, had been purchased by a family who wasn’t able to keep him. The kennel then “re-homed” him before receiving word that he would be placed with 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha in the White House.

UPDATE: We’ve now learned the real deal as far as where the dog came from and how he got to the Obamas. The bottom line is that Bo-dog is a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy and his wife. The part about the kennel is bogus.


Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy

In a newspaper interview published Saturday, Oprah Winfrey acknowledged making several mistakes at her girls school in South Africa, but said she remains proud of its success.

As previously reported, four students were expelled and three others were suspended in a second sexual misconduct scandal to hit the Leadership Academy for Girls. There were stories in local papers lat week that the girls were kept in isolation during their disciplinary hearing. Winfrey says the reports are misleading.

“I have made several mistakes and one of them was being overprotective of the girls, which has led to an impression that the school is isolating them from society,” Winfrey was quoted as saying in the Weekend Argus.

Without giving details of the most recent infraction, she told the newspaper that it was “insulting” that the family of one of the expelled girls had complained to the press even though she had been warned before about her behavior.

“Those girls in their own testimony during the (disciplinary) hearing said they knew they were breaking the rules and that they deliberately broke the rules,” the talk show host was quoted as saying.

Winfrey’s $40 million, 28-building campus is the fulfillment of a promise she made to former South African President Nelson Mandela and aims to give poor girls a quality education and prepare them for leadership positions in a country where state schools are struggling to overcome the legacy of white-minority rule.

“The majority of girls are thriving, really fulfilling the dream and vision I had,” Winfrey told the newspaper. “They really have exceeded any expectations I had for them. In spite of everything that’s happened, what keeps me inspired and hopeful is the heart of every girl, because they are wonderful, they are magnificent.”



A second round of tryouts for “America’s Next Top Model” took place in New York on Saturday to replace the auditions held there last month, when a stampede broke out among hopefuls standing in line.

“This is amazing,” hopeful Regina Villano, 21, told the New York Daily News. “We know where to stand. We know we will be seen. There are lines and checkpoints and police around. I couldn’t be happier.”

Villano was one of 500 ladies who lined up outside the Penn Plaza Pavilion on W. 33rd St., and was also among the disarray that happened during the show’s first attempt at auditions on March 14.

The NYPD complained it wasn’t told in advance about the March event, but it had plenty of notice this time around. At least 40 officers stood guard at four rows of metal barricades.

Also, aspiring models were given wristbands to deter line-cutting and had to go through three checkpoints before getting inside. The girls were warned not to show up before 6 a.m. The doors opened a half-hour later and hopefuls were ushered inside in groups of 20.

Meanwhile, the Daily News’s gossip column “Gatecrasher” is reporting that all of the open cattle calls held around the country are merely publicity stunts, and that producers choose at least some of their contestants during formal, private auditions.

“The producers had already picked some of the girls they wanted in private meetings,” says an “insider” quoted by the paper. “They had to sign agreements promising not to reveal how they were chosen.”

Dehea Abraham says she flew up from Atlanta for the March 14 open call only to be told by a friend that she didn’t stand a chance. “My friend is a dancer who’s represented by a talent agency that also handles models,” Abraham told the Daily News. “Someone from the show saw her MySpace page and invited her to a secret pre-audition. My friend doesn’t really want to model. But she figured she’d try it out. She had to sign a confidentiality agreement.”

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Apr. 13, 1964: Sidney Poitier wins Best Actor Academy Award for his role in “Lilies of the Field.”
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Musician Al Green is 63.

Singer Peabo Bryson is 58.

Singer-bassist Louis Johnson of The Brothers Johnson is 54.

Actress Saundra Santiago (“Miami Vice”) is 52.

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“There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.” — Archibald McLeish


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